Yesterday I had another birthday. There are many things that are my list that I want to accomplish. Some people would term such a list a “bucket list.”

All the things I’d like to get done before I kick the bucket. But in life there is no time clock. Nothing I can refer to that might say, “Hey, better step it up time is running out on you.”

How Much Time?

Each year as I get older I wonder how much time I have left. I don’t dwell on it but I do find that I have a greater respect for time than I used to.

I find that I am planning my days better. Trying to get more done in the same amount of time.

I actually find that I am getting more done with less effort following that formula. My sense of accomplishment has improved. More and more things are being crossed off the list in a shorter amount of time.

Reward Yourself With Time

We all know people who have left this world way too soon. Perhaps they didn’t live a healthy lifestyle or they were stricken by disease.

Every morning I check the obituaries just to check that I’m not there but to also see whose time has run out that I might have known.

My father-in-law was more than ready to go at age 89. He was not on a deathbed connected to IV’s and monitors. He was living comfortably in a rest home alert and articulate.

But he felt that reaching 90 would not be that big an accomplishment and had been removed from his list.

Every day we are each rewarded with 86,400 seconds to do stuff. Each day 151,600 people in the world will wake up for the last time.

Some Final Thoughts

Contrary to what you might think this is a positive blog. It’s written to alert you to the fact that life should be enjoyed for as long as you can physically and mentally enjoy it.

Today is a Veterans Day. But more than that it’s a day to appreciate the people who are no longer with us. It’s not a day for us to mourn our loss but a day to celebrate their lives. Make the most of every day. Reward yourself and reward others.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. It’s why they call it the present.

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